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Abstract

Weibo has been said to be a clone of Twitter, and indeed they both share a number of similarities in terms of technological design. However, because of the censorship system set up by the post-authoritarian party, the CCP, the affordance of Weibo is of great difference from the Western counterpart. This paper will explore how censorship functions on Weibo and explain in what ways it shapes user’s point of view. It will then argue that, even if social-networking sites provide space for the public to participate in political discussion, it is not the case in Chinese context. Counter-surveillance can also be controlled. I would propose that Weibo is a reverse of Twitter as it is more likely to disconnect rather than bringing people together. Lastly, it will continue to illustrate how a different information organization system used on Weibo will lead to a different constitution of trends.

Recommended Citation

Ho, H.-t. B. (2016). Sina Weibo and Twitter: A clone or a reverse? Cultural Studies@Lingnan, 52. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/mcsln/vol52/iss1/4/